It's just about that time again, folks. Rodeo time! Today officially kicked off rodeo coverage for us here at the Standard-Times so I headed out to the 1st Community Credit Union Spur Arena out at the Tom Green County Fairgrounds to shoot the slack event for barrel racing. Riders from all over the country converged on San Angelo for their chance to compete in one of the 10 rodeo performances at Foster Communications Coliseum followed by a finals round consisting of the fastest times.
More than 200 cowgirls thundered around the Spur Arena to post a time fast enough for one of the 120 open spots in the performances. I feel bad most years because barrel racing doesn't get as much coverage as the rest of the events in the rodeo. Not this year, though. I have a plan in the works to double-staff every performance so every single event gets the coverage they deserve. The reason there are usually fewer barrel racing photos is because the photographer that is assigned to shoot the rodeo is sending photos back to the office for deadline. And deadline is right at the same time as the barrel racing event so no photos are taken. But this year I'm going to have two photographers at every performance so while one is transmitting photos back to the office, the other can continue covering the rodeo visually.
For the next two weeks San Angelo is going to be flooded with rodeo contestants and stock show presenters and their families. It's a busy time for us, but it's a good kind of busy. Beginning on Friday (Feb. 14) the first performance will be held followed up with the start of the stock show on Sunday.
Here is a list of the day and start times for the PRCA-sanctioned performances for the next two weeks:
Performance No. 1: Friday, Feb. 14, 7:30pm
Performance No. 2: Saturday, Feb. 15, 1:00pm
Performance No. 3: Saturday, Feb. 15, 7:30pm
Performance No. 4: Sunday, Feb. 16, 3:00pm
Performance No. 5: Friday, Feb. 21, 7:30pm
Performance No. 6: Saturday, Feb. 22, 1:00pm
Performance No. 7: Saturday, Feb. 22, 7:30pm
Performance No. 8: Sunday, Feb. 23, 3:00pm
Performance No. 9 Military Appreciation Night: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 7:30pm
Performance No. 10 Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night: Thursday, Feb. 27, 7:30pm
Performance No. 11 PRCA Finals: Friday, Feb. 28, 7:30pm
There will be a twelfth performance Saturday, March 1, at 7:30pm called the Cinch Shoot-Out, but that performance is not sanctioned by the PRCA, but it's no less exciting because it will showcase some of the best athletes in their respective events. Lets get this show started!